She wants to negotiate a comfortable marriage; he wants her in his bed
Naval captain Jules Redepenning has spent his adult life away from England, and at war. He rarely thinks of the bride he married for her own protection, and if he does, he remembers the child he left after their wedding seven years ago. He doesn’t expect to find her in his Cape Town home, a woman grown and a lovely one, too.
Mia Redepenning sails to Cape Town to nurse her husband’s dying mistress and adopt his children. She hopes to negotiate a comfortable married life with the man while she’s there. Falling in love is not on her to-do list.
Before they can do more than glimpse a possible future together, their duties force them apart. At home in England, Mia must fight for the safety of Jules’s children. Imprisoned in France, Jules must battle for his self-respect and his life.
Only by vanquishing their foes can they start to make their dreams come true.
Uncaged Review: A historical regency that is unlike the regency norms you find today. This is the first book I’ve read by Jude Knight, and I really like her writing style, her attention to the smallest things and her character building. This book held my interest from start to finish, and it had just enough suspense to keep it interesting. I think some of it defies belief of the era, but Mia isn’t concerned about how society sees her and fights for both the children and for her husband. There are a few things that are a little unbelievable for the time period, but the author weaves in enough suspense and a dash of danger to keep the reader turning the pages.
In the end, it comes together well, but it’s a fight to get there. I do look forward to reading more from this author. Reviewed by Cyrene